In 2021-22, £64,800 has been awarded from Arts Council England and the Department for Education for the sixth year of the 'Reaching Out' North Hampshire Museum Education Partnership with the aim of supporting schools to access local heritage and culture.

As well as providing funding for museum partners to develop and deliver curriculum-linked learning programmes for target schools in the North Hampshire Area, this latest phase will support the development of digital resources and Arts Award across the partner sites.


A key part of this project is to offer travel bursaries of up to £400 to schools visiting HCT's participating venues: Aldershot Military MuseumBasing HouseAndover Museum of the Iron Age, and Milestones Museum as well as our external partners, Winchester’s Military Quarter and Gilbert White’s House & Gardens.

To be eligible for this bursary, your school must:

  • Be located in Basingstoke & Deane, Rushmoor, Test Valley or Winchester.
  • Have 10% or more pupils eligible for deprivation pupil premium.

To claim your bursary, please enquire with the venue with whom you are booking your visit. Alternatively, please contact

Over-arching aims of the project are to:

  • Reach out to schools in North Hampshire that have above average indices of deprivation and/or that show a lack of engagement with museums as part of their classroom teaching in order to forge new, sustainable relationships between these schools and their local museums to enhance pupils' education
  • Bring together a group of partner museums to deliver this project and provide a diverse range of opportunities with which schools can engage, as well as strengthen existing museum networks and their future resilience

In previous years the project has supported the development of EYFS and SEND learning provision across the partner sites.

In 2017-18 the Reaching Out! partners worked with Neck of the Woods video production to document the variety of learning provision delivered in 2017-18. The film above shows several HCT sites and includes interviews with teachers, facilitators and pupils.

Year on year the Reaching Out! Museum Education Partnership has been working with more schools and their pupils. In 2019-20 the partnership exceeded the project’s targets set by Arts Council England/ Department for Education and welcomed 1964 pupils from over 40 qualifying schools into their museums. More than half of these schools benefitted from the project’s travel bursary scheme, receiving up to £400 towards the cost of the coach hire for their visit. We are now seeing close to usual numbers of schools returning and hope that yours will be one of them!

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